East Devon is a beautiful area with many public footpaths, parks and areas of common land where you can walk your dog.

Woodbury Common is particularly popular with dog walkers as once away from the car park and roads, there are many acres of open land that dogs can explore with their owners.  The coastal path provides a spectacular walk and views, although you may want to keep your dog on a lead along here as the many rabbits can entice an excited dog far to close to the cliffs.  In all towns there are areas of open space or park where well-behaved dogs are welcome, although in some areas you may need to keep your dog on a lead.

Dogs and beaches

From October to May you may walk your dog freely on the beaches.

You are not allowed to walk your dog on the main beaches in East Devon between 1 May and 30 September. You can  download a leaflet showing the dog ban areas.

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Cleaning up after your dog

Unfortunately a few careless or thoughtless dog owners can cause a great deal of annoyance and distaste to all members of the public by not clearing up the mess their dogs can leave behind. Please see our page on dog fouling and dog bins.

Owners must clear up after their dogs on all land (including beaches) where the public have access, apart from Forestry Commission land where their own rules will apply.

Other laws and restrictions

  • In East Devon there are a number of other restrictions, for example, dogs may be banned from certain lands (for example, beaches and children’s play areas) and in other areas dogs need to be kept on their leads.  Please view further information on the dog control orders page.
  • You are not allowed to be in control of more than six dogs at any time in a public place.
  • Every dog must wear a collar with the owners name and address inscribed upon it or on a plate or badge attached to while the dogs is in a public place.
  • Microchipping dogs will become law from 1 April 2016.